Michael Kantor

Since 2001, Michael Kantor has produced 21 hours of television for national broadcast.  In addition to winning the Peabody Award and the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Series, Mr. Kantor’s productions have been recognized with seven Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and one Writers Guild of America Award nomination.

Along with the films that he has created under the Ghost Light Films banner, Mr. Kantor served as Producer of The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater (written and hosted by Michael Tilson Thomas), Executive Producer on Give Me the Banjo (narrated by Steve Martin, directed by Marc Fields) and wrote, directed, and produced the award-winning profile, Quincy Jones: In the Pocket, for the American Masters PBS series.  With Stephen Ives, he co-directed Cornerstone: An Interstate Adventure for HBO, and produced the eight-part documentary series The West (Executive Producer Ken Burns).  His twenty years of work in documentaries include projects as varied as EGG: the arts show, Coney Island, The Donner Party, Margaret Sanger, and Ric Burns’ New York series.  As a writer, Mr. Kantor created Lullabye of Broadway: Opening Night on 42nd Street and has published numerous essays and articles.  He co-authored the companion books to Superheroes! Capes, Cowls and the Creation of Comic Book Culture (Crown Archetype), Make ‘Em Laugh (Twelve) and Broadway: The American Musical (Bulfinch) with Laurence Maslon.

He is also President of Almo Inc., a company which distributes The American Film Theatre series, which includes Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance (starring Katharine Hepburn), Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh (Lee Marvin), and Chekhov’s Three Sisters (Laurence Olivier) among its titles.  Mr. Kantor has served as a nominator for the Tony awards, and holds a B.A. in Theater Studies from Cornell University, and a M.F.A. in Directing from the University of California, San Diego.

Along with his active projects, he is currently teaching producing and visionary journalism within the MFA Program in Social Documentary at The School of Visual Arts in New York City.